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Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Apps

Fortnite for iOS Has Finally Arrived

One of the most popular games that has captivated millions around the world is Fornite (iOS) which played on desktop computers and dedicated gaming …

Fortnite Battle Royale

How to set up two-factor authentication on your PlayStation 4

As we move about the digital world, one of the most important things we can do as consumers is protect our data. In a world where nefarious …

Identity Theft

10 hiking apps and gadgets for hitting the trail this spring

Prepare to face the great outdoors.<p>A spring hike is a great way to take advantage of the newly-warm weather. But it also comes with hazards like lingering snow, unpredictable downpours, and winter-damaged roads and trails. To prepare, you need to bring basic essentials like extra clothing, snacks …

Camping

Amazon adds long awaited intercom feature to its Alexa-enabled devices

While Apple’ Siri digital assistant is still pretty limited in its functionality, despite it being the main input for HomePod, Amazon has been experimenting and adding new features at a rapid pace.<p>Today, Amazon is adding a much requested “intercom” feature to its Alexa-enabled devices, <i>TechCrunch</i> …

Smart Homes

Scientists Still Can't Decide How to Define a Tree

We think we know what trees are, but even at the level of genetics, it's difficult to find what separates them from other plants.<p>Several years ago, after Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house in Vermont, lightning struck a backyard maple tree. There was a ferocious crack and the darkness outside …

Evolution

‘Fortnite is a gateway for Twitch’: streamers talk explosion of game on platform

Yes, it ties into Twitch Prime<p>Twitch held its annual Town Hall meeting for casters and users at Pax East this weekend in Boston, and the subject on everyone’s mind was <i>Fortnite</i>.<p>Specifically, how much <i>Fortnite</i> has done for Twitch and the casting community. Erin Wayne, a community manager at Twitch, …

Gaming

10 Books to Read if ‘A Brief History of Time’ Was Too Brief for You

Inspired by the late Stephen Hawking’s beloved best-seller, the hosts of the ‘BookLab’ podcast offer more mind-bending musings on space and …

Books

Apple reportedly plans to ditch Intel's processors entirely by 2020

Apple has been developing specialized chips for handling certain functions in its phones and computers for the past couple of years, and it’s now planning to take things up a notch: Bloomberg reports that the company is gearing up to make all its processors in-house by 2020, and ditch its long-time …

Computer Hardware

This Is How Stars Would Look Over NYC If It Weren't So Freaking Light Polluted

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen the Little Dipper—the 2003 blackout, a family trip to the Grand Canyon, a camping trip, and a …

Grand Canyon

Spotify likely launching an in-car audio device on April 24

Back in February, we told you about how Spotify was on the hunt for someone to head up product development of some sort of hardware device. Initially, we speculated that the device in question would be some sort of smart speaker to compete against the Amazon Echo and the Google Home.<p>It seems that …

Amazon Echo

'PUBG' moves beyond battle royale with War Mode

The <i>PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds</i> team is now clearer about their plans to add game modes beyond the signature battle royale and zombie games. The developer has revealed that it's experimenting with a War Mode that behaves more like the conventional deathmatches in other games rather than <i>PUBG</i>'s …

Gaming Industry

Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul is tanking on views and new subscribers

There's a good reason why controversial YouTuber Logan Paul has decided to launch a channel on rival site Twitch — and it isn't just creative pride.<p>Statistics from SocialBlade show that Logan Paul is seeing a major decline in his viewers and subscribers on his primary YouTube channel …

Internet

The Milky Way’s Center Is a Cornucopia of Black Holes

Astronomers have detected evidence of a handful of the likely thousands of light-gobbling objects in the middle of the galaxy.<p>For the last few years, Chuck Hailey has had the center of the Milky Way hanging in his office at Columbia University. The picture, pinned above his desk, shows a bright …

Black Holes

Animatron lets you create awesome videos with little know-how

popsci shop<p>Get lifetime access to this animation studio for $49.99.<p>When you have something to sell or a message to get across, video is your friend. Animatron Studio Pro is an innovative platform that lets you create captivating animations without any special design skills. Used by the likes of …

GIF Animations

Did Cambridge Analytica get your data? You'll know soon

NEW YORK (AP) — Anyone who's been wondering if their private Facebook data might have been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal will soon get their first clues.<p>Starting Monday, all 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice on their feeds, titled "Protecting Your Information," with a …

Cambridge Analytica

NFC is the underdog tech set to explode in the next five years

In the tantalizing world of technology today, there are endless buzzwords and acronyms for emerging tech you need to know. From AI to the ‘Uber of’ dog walking and everything in-between, maybe you think you’ve heard it all. But before you hop on the hype train and leave the station, take note — an …

Apple Pay

​Cloud computing: Don't forget these factors when you make the move

Neglecting some basic issues could leave your cloud computing project struggling.<p>special feature<p>Reimagining business for the digital age is the …

Globalization

Amazon May Start a Bidding War With Walmart Over a Huge International Retailer

Amazon may put in a rival bid to acquire Bangalore-based Flipkart Online Services even as the Indian e-commerce market leader is in talks with …

eCommerce

Now India is more interested in ethereum than bitcoin

Bitcoin is not king in India.<p>Ethereum topped bitcoin as the most searched-for cryptocurrency in India over the past five months, commanding a 34.4% share of currency searches overall versus bitcoin’s 29.9%, free internet provider Jana found in its latest Mobile Majority report. The next most …

Cryptocurrency

Google hits 2017 goal of purchasing enough renewable energy to match global usage

Last October, Google reiterated in its annual environmental report that it was on track to purchase enough renewable energy to match all the electricity it consumed in 2017. The company today confirmed this for its offices and data centers, and in fact exceeded the goal.<p>In a blog post, Google notes …

Renewable Energy

How McDonald's Is Getting Ready For The 4th Industrial Revolution Using AI, Big Data And Robotics

Some experts might say McDonald’s, the fast-food burger joint that truly needs no introduction, was behind its competitors in embracing big data and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance operations, but there are signs the Golden Arches is turning things around and improving business results in …

McDonald's

Siri could soon threaten Assistant reign as Google AI head joins Apple

• Apple has hired Google’s former head of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea.<br>• Mr. Giannandrea left his post with Google on April 2 and joined Apple April 3.<br>• Apple has been steadily increasing its Siri workforce as it faces off against Google Assistant.<p>Apple has hired John Giannandrea, …

Artificial Intelligence

The World's 30 Most Impressive Hotels

Checking in, please.<p>The world's most impressive hotels are far more than a place to crash. Some are underwater. Some bathed in ice, perched atop mountains, or awash in pure opulence. If you've got the cash to book a room, these 30 lodgings will blow your mind.

Swimming Pools

Here’s YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talking about controversial monetization changes on the platform

The shooter at the headquarters of the online video giant, who was also a creator on the platform, was apparently upset by the new rules.<p>Let’s be clear: The shooter who terrorized the San Bruno, Calif., headquarters of YouTube yesterday, identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, was clearly disturbed and …

Internet

The Billion-Dollar Hacking Group Behind a String of Big Breaches

This week, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th, and Lord & Taylor department stores—all owned by The Hudson’s Bay Company—acknowledged a data breach …

Cybersecurity

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data analysis and political advertising uproar has revealed that his method worked much like the one Netflix uses to recommend movies.<p>In an email to me, Cambridge University scholar Aleksandr Kogan explained how his …

Machine Learning

These are the best signature sandwiches in all 50 states (and DC)

51 signature winning sandwiches<p>Over the course of a year, 10Best and Sandwich America teamed up to find the best sandwich in each U.S. state and …

Cooking

The troubling past of a family whose car plunged off a cliff

<b>(CNN) —</b> We may never know why Jennifer and Sarah Hart's SUV plummeted 100 feet over a cliff, killing the couple and three teens. Or whether their three other children are dead or alive.<p>But new details about the mysterious family reveal a troubled history. Here's what we know about the couple and …

Crime

BMW's car subscription pilot program starts at $2,000 per month

The rumors of BMW's American branch joining the car subscription craze were true. The automaker has launched a pilot Access by BMW program in Nashville, giving you a more flexible alternative to ownership that lets you switch cars as often as you like (through a mobile app, of course) without …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs